History YMMV / MajorLeague

15th May '17 4:41:10 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* {{Flanderization}}: Bites Dorn hard in the second film. In the first, he's certainly a PrimaDonna who sleeps around on his wife, but nonetheless is a talented veteran and legitimate superstar. However his fear of injury in advance of upcoming contract negotiations leads him to playing it safe (read: not making plays he ''should'' be making) so as not to damage his value, which eventually gets him called out by Taylor for spoiling things for the rookies, while also reminding him that he was once a great player. Come the second film, he's whiny and incompetent, and is presented as if he were a complete joke as a player.



*** Tanaka wasn't a bad trade because he was Asian. He was a bad trade because A) he didn't speak a word of English, and B) he was ''bat-shit crazy!'' Of course, so were about 2/3 of the guys on the team...
*** This is definitely a case of YMMV, as the crux of the joke was that MLB fans at the time perceived Japanese pro baseball as something of an inferior league. Ichiro came over with roughly the same grasp on English as Taka, after all. The whole set up and introduction of Tanaka is clearly meant to imply they got an inferior player (though he must have been better than the left fielder they had prior). All this being said, the rest of the movie goes to show that he's not horrible, and in fact, being bat-shit crazy could be useful (his challenging of Cerrano, his kamikaze play in the outfield was more useful than detrimental, etc)
15th May '17 4:40:24 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* BrokenAesop: One of the chief complaints of the second film is how it runs counter to the character foundations set in the first. The most egregious one is when Taylor allows Vaughn to intentionally walk the bases loaded to face Parkman, which defies all baseball logic for a bout of ItsPersonal. Contrast to the first film, when Ricky is upset that Dorn quit on a grounder "on purpose" that nearly cost him a hard-earned win, to which Taylor told him that they're professionals and they don't risk games on the line for personal reasons, "so quit the crybaby shit!"
** In the third movie, manager Gus Cantrell is trying to teach hot prospect "Downtown" Anderson baseball fundamentals, so one game he tells him to sacrifice bunt. Anderson defies him and hits a game-winning home run instead. Cantrell chews him out and suspends him for a couple of games. At the end of the movie, a more chaste Anderson (after a failed callup) suggests that he sacrifice...and Cantrell, who later says he "couldn't help himself", tells Anderson to "go downtown." Naturally, Anderson hits the game-winning homer. So remember: If you learn the fundamentals, you'll get the greenlight to hit as many homers as you want!
** Also runs into StrawmanHasAPoint, in that sacrifice-bunting with your cleanup hitter in the final inning of a close game is illogical by any baseball sense; any manager would've had Anderson swinging for the downs in the earlier game.
*** I always saw that as a lesson for Anderson to be more humble and a team player. And while hitting the homerun won them the game, he didn't follow his manager's orders in the process.



** This troper has heard many people, after seeing an unexpected player show power during spring training, say "yeah, off a guy who'll be bagging groceries in a week!"
3rd Apr '17 7:54:14 PM nps6724
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*** I always saw that as a lesson for Anderson to be more humble and a team player. And while hitting the homerun won them the game, he didn't follow his manager's orders in the process.
11th May '16 2:46:46 PM Bluemargay
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** Charlie Sheen plays a pitcher. In 2016, a pitcher with Sheen's real name (Carlos Estevez) was called up by the Colorado Rockies.
22nd Oct '15 8:47:00 PM TheWalkingAnomaly
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* {{Flanderization}}: Bites Dorn hard in the second film. In the first, he's certainly a PrimaDonna who sleeps around on his wife, but nonetheless is a talented veteran and legitimate superstar. However his fear of injury in advance of upcoming contract negotiations leads him to playing it safe (read: not making plays he ''should'' be making) so as not to damage his value, which eventually gets him called out by Taylor for spoiling things for the rookies, while also reminding him that he was once a great player. Come the second film, he's whiny and incompetent, and is presented as if her were a complete joke as a player.

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* {{Flanderization}}: Bites Dorn hard in the second film. In the first, he's certainly a PrimaDonna who sleeps around on his wife, but nonetheless is a talented veteran and legitimate superstar. However his fear of injury in advance of upcoming contract negotiations leads him to playing it safe (read: not making plays he ''should'' be making) so as not to damage his value, which eventually gets him called out by Taylor for spoiling things for the rookies, while also reminding him that he was once a great player. Come the second film, he's whiny and incompetent, and is presented as if her he were a complete joke as a player.
17th May '15 12:48:28 AM HarryLovesHermione
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** Also runs into StrawmanHasAPoint, in that sacrifice-bunting with your cleanup hitter in the final inning of a close game is illogical by any baseball sense.

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** Also runs into StrawmanHasAPoint, in that sacrifice-bunting with your cleanup hitter in the final inning of a close game is illogical by any baseball sense.sense; any manager would've had Anderson swinging for the downs in the earlier game.
17th May '15 12:47:40 AM HarryLovesHermione
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** Also runs into StrawmanHasAPoint, in that sacrifice-bunting with your cleanup hitter in the final inning of a close game is illogical by any baseball sense.
22nd Apr '15 10:21:38 AM igordebraga
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* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: There was a [[NoExportForYou Japan-only]] Famicom adaptation that is only a generic baseball game. ''The A.V. Club'' [[http://www.avclub.com/article/japanese-studio-turned-major-league-extraordinarly-207568 even pointed out]] that a weird bordering on InNameOnly platformer like most movie-based NES games could at least capture the zaniness of the source material.
4th Mar '15 11:27:56 AM IlGreven
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** In the third movie, manager Gus Cantrell is trying to teach hot prospect "Downtown" Anderson baseball fundamentals, so one game he tells him to sacrifice bunt. Anderson defies him and hits a game-winning home run instead. Cantrell chews him out and suspends him for a couple of games. At the end of the movie, a more chaste Anderson (after a failed callup) suggests that he sacrifice...and Cantrell, who later says he "couldn't help himself", tells Anderson to "go downtown." Naturally, Anderson hits the game-winning homer. So remember: If you learn the fundamentals, you'll get the greenlight to hit as many homers as you want!
7th Jan '15 2:03:44 PM bkitu
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** "They're shitty."
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